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Supervision

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County Antrim beach. Photograph (c) CS

Supervision:


Supervision for: 
  • counsellors / psychotherapists,
  • arts therapists,
  • other professionals.
The supervision practice is normally fully booked, but enquiries are welcome.


My supervision approach is informed by diverse theories, including:
  • Hawkins and Shohet's (2012) double matrix "seven-eyed" model;
  • Proctor's (Proctor, 1986; Inskipp & Proctor, 2001) three function model, focusing on the restorative, formative and normative functions
  • Page and Wosket's (2001) Cyclical model;
  • Armstrong and Freeston's (2006) Newcastle 'Cake Stand' model.
My practice is integrative: pluralistic and trauma informed, and also includes eco supervision practice.

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What is supervision?


Supervision has been defined as:

"A specialised form of professional mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards; enhance quality, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken." (BACP, 2018)

It is a process collaboratively co-created by the supervisor and supervisee(s), with the work setting the emerging agenda. It attends, as appropriate, to the needs of the supervisee in the service of their clients, the organisational setting(s) and the wider relevant systems.


Supervision
Eco-supervision

My supervision practice encompasses, and holds in reverence, "the more-than-human world" (Abram, 1996) - the interconnected commonwealth of earthly life. This is consistent with Hawkins and Shohet's assertion that:
"We strongly agree that supervision should not be reduced to the human and material realms, but should also be open to the ‘more than human world’ (Abrams 1996) [sic] and should ‘create the space for grace’ (Hawkins and Smith 2006)." (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012: 110).

Writing about their seven Mode model, Hawkins and Shohet add:
"... we philosophically oppose the idea that the transpersonal should be a separate transcendent realm, but rather that the spiritual and transpersonal have an important immanent place in all of the seven modes. In Mode 1 we should attend to the personal and transpersonal aspects of the client presented, and in Mode 4 the transpersonal aspects of the supervisee. In Modes 3 and 5 we should consider the transpersonal aspects of the relationships and what is emerging in the space between the parties that transcends both. In Mode 6 as supervisor we should be open to what is emerging not only from within our psychological being but from other levels of being, and in Mode 7 the wider context includes realms beyond human and material.” (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012: 110).

Regarding the global challenges that we face and supervision in the helping professions, Hawkins and Shohet (2012: 10) advocate:
"What is needed is a major transformation in human consciousness, ways of thinking, behaving and relating, both to each other and 'the more than human world' (Abrams, 1996)."



References
Abram, D. (1996) The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. New York: Random House.
Abram, D. (2011) Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. New York: Vintage. 
BACP (2018) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions Glossary. Lutterworth: BACP.
Denise, S. (2009) Training for supervising transpersonal therapists and others. In: P. Henderson (ed.) Supervisor Training: Issues and Approaches. London: Karnac.
Gibson, J.J. (1966) The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems. London: Allen and Unwin.
Gibson, J.J. (1979) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Boston.
Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R. (2012) Supervision in the helping professions. (4th ed). Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
Hawkins, P. and Smith, N. (2006) Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development. Maidenhead: Open University Press.